Whenever one receives job offered around Klang Valley, they always in dilemma mode where is the best place to stay in Klang Valley. Our pick is Petaling Jaya. Why? Petaling Jaya is a perfect place for a millennial generation where you can find the commercial area and shopping malls easily. Petaling Jaya also has a great place (and also cheap) where you can go for everyday lunch and dinner. Before you get excited to be a PJ-ian, read these 9 facts about PJ first!
1. PJ roads are tricky
Petaling Jaya is well known to outsiders about its tricky road. Petaling Jaya’s areas are mostly numbers so you can remember it easily. But still, you will get confused in your first 2-3 months drive in Petaling Jaya especially area at Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya or SS2. You need to pay extra attention to the junction or exit cause if you do make one mistake or take the wrong exit you might need to take a long “u-turn” to reach your destination. Just turn on your Google Maps or Waze to find direction. One last tip, since many commercial buildings or shopping malls, is nearby, don’t be fooled by the distance; PJ’s traffic is quite bad especially during peak hours. So plan your drive carefully.
2. Public transport options are better in some places than others
If you think driving is not efficient for you, use public transport. The good news is that the RAPID KL LRT line goes through Petaling Jaya, with feeder buses that ferry you to the stations. If you stay in Bandar Sunway, Seksyen 16 or SS2 you shouldn’t worry enough since Petaling Jaya can be accessible via LRT, MRT and also BRT. Even you stay in PJ but your office in KL, it’s still a preferable way to take the train. It will save you a lot of time and money!
3. Getting to the city isn’t too hard
When you stay in Petaling Jaya, everything is so near to you, just name it. There are of lot accessible highways like Federal Highway, Pantai highway, LDP, SPRINT and also NKVE. So if you plan to go to Hartamas, Shah Alam, KL or Damansara Utama it just so easy and near. So you can have a good nightlife with your friends for a drink and dine together with them.
4. The nightlife is GREAT
The clubbing scene isn’t as frenetic as Changkat on a Friday night, but Petaling Jaya does offer options whether you’re just looking for a quiet drink with friends or a fun time dancing the night away. Best bit is, you’ll avoid the crazy traffic in Kuala Lumpur. Petaling Jaya also has a lot of Mamaks where you can hang out with your friends while having an affordable dinner.
5. Petaling Jaya is a great place to indulge your inner foodie craving
Hawker centres near housing areas offer budget-friendly alternatives. If you’re looking for variety, you will find plenty of it in Petaling Jaya. If you love new, hip cafes then Damansara Uptown has a selection that rivals Bangsar’s Telawi. Fancy good banana leaf rice? Sri Paandi and Kaana are two local favourites among a huge assortment. You also can do Boba or Bubble Tea hunting at SS2 Petaling Jaya where you find many signature brands like Xin Fu Tang, Tiger Bubble Tea, Tealive and many more to satisfy your craving. (still please control your sugar intake :p)
6. Shopping Malls Paradise
PJ residents tend to resist going to KL unless they really have to because as far as shopping is concerned, there are plenty of malls to visit. Besides the ever-popular 1 Utama, there are smaller neighbourhood malls such as Paradigm Mall, Atria Shopping Gallery and the newly opened Starling Mall in Damansara Uptown. You also can do shopping for your house/room needs in Ikea Mutiara Damansara and don’t forget to enjoy their meatball.
7. You might need to travel further out for government-related errands
Need to replace your IC or passport? PJ folks usually renew their passports at the Kelana Jaya immigration department and their ICs at the Registration Department on Jalan Sultan. But you might be better off going to the Home Ministry office in Sri Hartamas instead, which houses both departments or skip the visit altogether by renewing your passport online. There are also many branches of government office like JPJ, KWSP and others that within drive range.
Finish with 7 facts about Petaling Jaya, now you are ready to move in and become PJ’s people. There a lot of rooms for rent that are affordable you range within 200 – 800 MYR. You can rent based on your appetite of property type and also consider the perks and amenities being offered. You can start finding your perfect room to stay with Maxihomes where do host hundreds of rooms for any people looking for a place to stay in Petaling Jaya. Visit their website at https://maxihomes.com.my/ to search for your room today!